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University College Cork (UCC), located on the south coast of Ireland, is set on 42 acres of picturesque wooded grounds and is only a 10-minute walk from the vibrant Cork City centre.
Ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide, it was voted Sunday Times University of the Year three times in the last decade, was Ireland’s first five-star university (QS Stars), and was the first university in the world to be awarded the Green Flag for Environmental Friendliness.
UCC has over 21,000 students from over 104 countries. With over 3,400 students and one third of our staff from oversees, UCC is a true place of international learning.
University College Cork offers an unparalleled breadth and quality postgraduate programmes across all major disciplines. There are over 200 postgraduate courses to choose from across our 4 colleges:
Our postgraduate courses include taught and research Masters programmes, PhD programmes & professional doctorates. Programmes are offered on a full-time or part-time basis. We are proud to have one of the highest postgraduate employment rates in Ireland with 95% of UCC graduates entering into employment after their studies.
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UCC prioritises research in areas that are significant at the highest international levels. These include, UCC’s research in food and health, photonics and perinatal medicine is recognised as world leading. Several of Ireland’s top research centres are based in UCC. These include the Tyndall National Institute (microsystems, photonics, nanotechnology) and the APC Microbiome Institute (alimentary health, functional foods), both recognised as global leaders. The Environmental Research Institute conducts research on climate action, a sustainable society and the circular economy.
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UCC's vibrant and open campus has plenty to offer students. We have a total of 50 Clubs and 110 Societies offering more than 4,000 events annually. UCC boasts a state of the art sporting facility, the Mardyke Arena, and sport plays an important role in connecting students and engaging with the wider community.
The new Hub at UCC, creates an innovative and inclusive social dynamic at the centre of the campus which facilitates learning communities, networking, student interaction, internationalisation, and student friendly service provision.
We offer a dedicated accommodation service for our students including an online search engine, Student Pad.
Voted the Best Student Experience in 2020, international students can immerse themselves in the rich social and cultural experience at UCC. Cork offers students all the advantages of a bustling, vibrant and cosmopolitan city while retaining a small-town familiarity, and UCC students can navigate the city on foot with ease. The city and university work well together in providing students with a rich academic and extracurricular experience. Cork is known as the Food Capital of Ireland. The “Lonely Planet” summed it up nicely when they wrote that “Everything good about Ireland can be found in County Cork”. The city is also located along with world famous ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ whilst its airport is a true gateway to Europe.
University College Cork awards 1,000 scholarships and bursaries annually to domestic and international students, across all areas of study. In partnership with our generous donors we provide substantial academic and financial support to students studying at the university. From recognition of academic achievements or athletic performance, to support for unique challenges and experiences, UCC offers scholarships for students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and abilities. Take a look at the range of university, government and privately funded scholarships offered to you here.
Voted the safest campus in Ireland and one of safest in the world. There are five purpose built student apartment complexes run by UCC Campus Accommodation, all situated within walking distance of the main campus.
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The College of SEFS is a thriving dynamic College in which to carry out postgraduate research, towards either a Masters or PhD, or to undertake a taught Postgraduate Programme. The SEFS Graduate School was established in 2010/11, with the aim of supporting and developing postgraduate education in the College. The Graduate School works with the Departments, Schools and Research Institutes within SEFS and UCC, as well as UCC’s Dean of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Studies Office, the International Education Office and the Academic Council Graduate Studies Committee, to ensure that the College is a centre of excellence for postgraduate education and research training.
The College of SEFS currently has over 1000 postgraduate students, of many nationalities, which includes more than 580 PhD students. In addition to carrying out a research thesis, research postgraduates can avail of an extensive range of modules, which incorporate research, generic and transferable skills development opportunities. A number of Structured PhD Programmes (and associated modules) are also available in the College. Furthermore, the College has a wide range of taught postgraduate programmes, including Higher Diplomas, Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters.
Academics and researchers in the College of SEFS have a strong track record of attracting prestigious research funding and are involved in international collaborations with colleagues throughout the world. The College also has strong links with industry and commerce through pioneering strategies for technology transfer and commercialisation of research. The staff in the College are closely linked with UCC’s world class research centres such as the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, the Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility, the BioSciences Institute, the Boole Centre for Research in Informatics, the Cork Constraint Computation Centre, the Environmental Research Institute, and the Tyndall National Institute, and industry-focused research and training units such as the BioTransfer Unit and the Food Industry Training Unit. This makes the College an exciting environment for research and provides a vigorous and challenging academic atmosphere for our students.
Postgraduate research in SEFS is supported by a range of national and international funding bodies. Students interested in carrying out postgraduate research or studies should contact the prospective School, Department and/or Research Institute and the Principal Investigator(s) or Course Co-ordinators therein.
We hope that you find your postgraduate education in the College of SEFS as fulfilling as possible, that you will be equipped for careers in either academia or non-academia and that you will be proud to be a UCC postgraduate alumnus.
Dr Ruth Ramsay
Head of Graduate School, College of Science, Engineering and Food Science
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Key to UCC’s success is Cork University Business School. This is not just a business school, it is an approach to Life in business and the direct application of learning in the knowledge based economy – a school that is ideal for study, research and industry-led work integration. At Cork University Business School, we don’t compromise on ensuring that we are, and are recognised to be, one of the most forward-thinking research-led business schools in Ireland – if not the world.